China’s “Go global” strategy

A heavy load carrier moored at the terminal of the Chinese shipping company Cosco, carrying five cranes for the expansion of the terminal in Piraeus, Greece (credit: Alkis Konstantinidis/European Pressphoto Agency)

The above image was published along with an editorial essay by Heriberto Araújo and Juan Pablo Cardenal (authors of “China’s Silent Army: The Pioneers, Traders, Fixers and Workers Who Are Remaking The World in Beijing’s Image.”) in a recent Sunday NYT. The piece titled China’s Economic Empire articulates against, the growing soft power, enabled by economic development, in Beijing’s relationship with other developing countries. The authors see this as “a game-changing force in both the developed and developing world, one that threatens to obliterate the competitive edge of Western firms, kill jobs in Europe and America and blunt criticism of human rights abuses in China“.

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